Pros This phone is really awesome. The 4G speeds are awesome if you happen to be in that service area. I love that you can download all kinds of apps with the Android OS and I love the touch and feel of this phone.
Cons At times the battery does not last long. Still trying to figure out why. Lots of settings to play with but I read somewhere that it could be because it spends lots of time searching for a 4G network.
Summary I want to give this phone 5 Stars but I can't unless I figure out how to keep the battery alive longer. But for being a Metro PCS phone, it really is awesome. It is Super fast and completely customizable. $400 is a lot, but $60 a month for unlimited everything is half what you'd pay with the others carriers. Great Buy!I'd like to update you all on the battery life. After playing around with the settings I could not find a way to dramatically improve it's life. Battery life dies completely in about 12 hours of being IDLE. This is pretty bad for me and it reminds me of an old Blackberry I used to have from AT&T which is extremely annoying. Features are great but battery life is horrible. If I could subtract 1 star from my rating I would. Hope this helps someone.
Updated on Feb 17, 2011
Pros I like the Android 2.2, slide QWERTY keyboard, and camera
Cons Battery life is terrible, must charge 2-3 times a day. Even with specs changed-which they say increases battery life-its still VERY unacceptable. Call quality is not that great either with missed/dropped calls and missed text messages both ways.
Summary My husband bought me this phone because I wanted the Samsung Craft, but it didn't have Andriod at all. I guess he figured when this phone came out that I could finally get 4G, slide QWERTY keyboard, pretty good camera quality and Andriod 2.2, all the features which I considered must have on a phone. The Andriod is great and I love the QWERTY keyboard, but the 4G speed that Metro gives you really isnt all what they claim it to be. Its better than the cheap phones, but its not that different than any other reasonably good phone.
Now on the the battery life (or should I say battery "death" because there really isnt any life when it comes to the battery. The battery life is soooo terrible and that is the deal-breaker for me. Okay, so it has a lot of nice features and the rip-off 4G is not great, but I was dealing with it. When I got the phone I noticed the poor battery quality right away compared to my older phone. I was told that smartphones always have a less than perfect battery life and if you modify the backlight, synchronization etc. the battery life will be increased. Well I did all that. I did all that to the point that it shouldn't even really be called a smartphone anymore, and there still wasn't much improvement. I still have to charge it twice a day.
BOTTOM LINE: I am willing to give up the rip-off 4G and slide QWERTY for a phone thats worth my time and money. DID I MENTION I PAID $400 FOR THIS PHONE! So yes, you've probably guessed it. I'm going to the LG Optimus M. It is not 4G, but with MetroPCS is there even a difference? It also does not have a slide QWERTY, but Ive heard that the virtual touchscreen keyboard is still pretty user friendly, Evn though it may not be as user friendly as the Indulge's keyboard. I know for a fact that the LG Optimus M's battery life is war longer and way LESS AGGRAVATING. All the other specs are the same. Same Andriod 2.2 and the 3.2 camera is even better compared to the 3.0 on Indulge.
I'll take a slight downgrade (and it shouldn't even be considered a downgrade) for the much less aggravation. I'll let you know how the LG Optimus M turns out. Look for jahbyer's review of the Optimus M is a couple of weeks.
Pros Love the 4G speed combined with the Android OS - the ability to DL apps at fast speeds make it fun to play with. Battery life seems to be more than adequate - Nice screen display & size - Good call quality - plays videos fast & sharp
Cons A bit bulkier and rougher looking than expected for a $400 phone
Summary I've had a number of Metro PCS phones, namely the Samsung Finess and the LG Optimus M - This phone trumps them both by far - However, you must be in a 4G coverage area to really enjoy this phone, if you do not, then go with the LG Optimus M at a much, much lower price. If you do live in a 4G area, this is really a must have. I almost bought the Craft but saw that the reviews were awful plus no Android OS - The Galaxy Indulge is the best of all worlds Metro PCS has to offer.Battery Life has become an issue - in non-4G areas it seems to drain faster than normal, seems to drain too fast attempting to reach 4G - Gives about 4/5 hrs in stand by in non-4G range which is not acceptable for a $400 phone.
Updated on Feb 17, 2011
"battery sucks"on by ldg29
Pros Android OS works as expected
4G Internet is great when available
Cons very poor battery life
Summary good 4G performance, but heavy toll on high price for poor performing battery
"Great phone"on by Anubispax
Pros No contract or cancellation fee
Less than 1/2 the cost per month than my iPhone with ATT
Physical android buttons (I like to be able to feel the button I'm pressing especially at night)
4 row slide out keyboard
Cons Battery could be better
Camera has no flash
Summary Ok so it's time to treat metro as a first rate carrier. But at the same time you also must consider the other factors when comparing phones and plans. Yeah this phone is $399.Yeah there are phones cheaper on ATT, Sprint, and Verizon. But that's a SUBSIDIZED price. Price those phones without the 2 year contact and see how expensive they really are. Or better yet, price the cost of the 2 year contract or even the early termination fee when you compare this phone to a Galaxy s or Evo or whatever.
Coming off of a 2 year contract with the iPhone 3G with ATT I took a look at the iPhone from Verizon. I was tired of paying $120 a month and was hoping Verizon would be cheaper, or that ATT would lower their rates now that their monopoly on the iPhone was over. I was sadly mistaken. Both company's were about the same per month. So I got this phone and I love it. I was new to android and I expected it to be not as good. But I was surprised that I liked it better. I really love adobe flash. Something iPhone sorely lacked. The speed of the 4G and the graphics are blazing. No iPhone checkerboard when scrolling down.